Monthly Archives: May 2012

June Newsletter

Here is the June Newsletter. Inside, you’ll find information about the 2012 Summer Reading Programs “Dream Big – Read!” for the kids; “Own the Night” for teens/tweens; and “Between the Covers” for adults. You’ll also read about World Wide Knit in Public Day (June 12 for us), and our museum passes.

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Dear Reader: What to read this summer?

Ah, the summer reading list. I don’t mean the one that the kids get from their teacher or school. I mean the one that the grownups get to help with their vacation/travel/beach reading selections. I tend toward murder mysteries in the summer, with a healthy dose of sci-fi. I also look for a classic that I should have read in college, but didn’t. Classics from past years included Les Miserables, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Jungle Book and Just-So Stories, The Three Musketeers, and Doctor Zhivago. This summer? Well, I could finally finish The Last of the Mohicans, or read The Man in the Iron Mask. Then there’s always The Phantom Tollbooth (nope, never read it. I really should have my degree taken away for that!).

If you’re looking for something-ahem- enlightening to read this summer, try this list from NPR: Summer Books 2012. If you ask me (and you often do), I recommend The Age of Miracles, Wife 22, The Language of Flowers, and The Destiny of the Republic: A tale of madness, medicine, and the murder of a President.

I’ll be coming back with some great galleys from Book Expo in a couple of weeks. I’m hoping to get the sequel to Justin Cronin’s The Passage, titled The Twelve, but there’s a long list of other titles I’m hoping to pick up. We give them away in the adult and teen summer reading drawings, and at the July Cafe Parlez book group meeting, and many are autographed by the author. And don’t forget to consult the Book Pages that the Friends sponsor. Copies are always at the desk, and they do great reviews.

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Dear Reader: Monday, May 21

First off, don’t forget about Rochester’s Town Meeting tonight at 7:00 at the elementary school. It shouldn’t be a long night, but it’s important for as many as can participate, be there.

Secondly, we received a $4,000 grant from A.D. Makepeace to help with finishing off the first part of our basement project: the meeting room. The small meeting room should be available by July 1 for private meetings and for use of the historical collection. From now until September 1, it will also be used to house and sort the book sale items as they come in. Only private groups can use this room, as it is not Handicapped Accessible. We will be raising money later in the year to fund a small elevator, which will make the room ADA compliant. Anyway, the small meeting room will have wi-fi and computer connections, and a small flat-screen TV, hooked up to a cable connection, thanks to Comcast. If you would like to use the room for a meeting, please contact me. It should be fully functional in the fall. Many, many thanks to AD Makepeace for their contribution.

Cafe Parlez meets NEXT Thursday, May 31, at 6:30 to discuss Room. June’s book is The Three Junes, winner of the National Book Award in 2002.

And finally for today, here is a long article on Memorial Day (aka Decoration Day) from Wikipedia: Memorial Day. I find cemeteries to be interesting places. Make an effort to drop by one this week and read some of the epitaphs. You can learn a lot about a town by looking at the cemeteries.

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Dear Reader: May 18, 2012

We are about to head out to the wilds of New Hampshire for the weekend, but, to keep you busy and off the streets while we’re gone, we’re supplying two links. Elizabeth Bird’s excellent blog for School Library Journal is listing the results of her polls for Best Children’s Chapter Books, and Best Picture Books. She’s up the the 80’s in her results, so it’s worth subscribing to the blog.
Best Chapter Books 2010 (the original list)
Best Picture Books 2009
Today’s post: May 18, 2012, Picture Book #81. This will lead you to her blog and you can check it each day until she lists what the latest #1 books are. We’ll post again when she reaches #1, but do you agree with the original results?

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Dear Reader: Happy Mother’s Day!

In case you forgot, this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. Even if your mom says, “Don’t go to any trouble on my account.”, that’s not what she really means. You have until 5:00 today to enter the Friends’ Chocolate Basket raffle. You could get mom some nice Lindt chocolate and a fondue pot all in a cute basket for just $1.00. Maybe she’ll share some chocolate with you. Come in and get a ticket or two. It benefits the Friends. You can pick up a Lindt chocolate truffle while you’re here. The Friends are selling them for $.50 each, and they’re going fast. We’ll be getting more on Monday, but why wait. (Image courtesy VintageHolidayCrafts.com)

Coming up: the Trustees will be meeting on Saturday, 5/12, at 8:30 a.m., and welcoming our newest Trustees Jen Kulak and Mary Levenson. After that, the Junior Friends will be meeting and preparing bookmarks about the Summer Reading Program. These bookmarks will be distributed to all children at RMS along with other materials about “Dream Big – Read!”, this year’s summer program. Miss Lisa is putting together a pretty amazing summer for the kids, and don’t forget the teens and adults parts, too. Jen has assembled nice gift bags for the teen and adult winners. Sign-up starts when school ends.

Also coming up, the Nonfiction Book Group will discuss The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua on Thursday, May 17. This is their last book for the summer. We will start again in September with A Night to Remember, by Walter Lord.

Lastly, Mother’s Day has me thinking of mothers in literature. Here is a short list of some of my favorites: Marmee (Little Women); Caroline Ingalls (Little House series); Marilla Cuthbert (Anne of Green Gables); the mother in Swallows and Amazons. Post a comment if you have any you’d like to suggest.

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Dear Reader: May 5

Happy Cinco de Mayo! And yesterday was Star Wars Day: “May the Fourth be with you!” In honor of that, this is a sci-fi post.

At this time of year, there are many awards given out by the genre specialty groups. Last week, we had the Edgar and Agatha Christie awards for mystery. In the coming weeks, there are the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for fantasy and science fiction. I mention these genres specifically because they are my favorites to read. Here is the list of nominees for Locus: Locus Award Finalists, and it seems to be a very strong field. I can highly recommend Stephen King’s 11/22/63. Even if you don’t like sci-fi, you’ll be drawn into this time travel adventure, where Jake tries to stop the assassination of JFK. I can’t say too much more, but I will say that, when I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about it. Will he succeed, and what would happen to the world if he does succeed? We are also big fans of Charlie Stross, China Mieville, George R.R. Martin, Terry Pratchett, and Cat Valente, who has two books nominated. All of the staff here liked The Night Circus, and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland…, and I particularly liked Ready Player One. I’m glad I’m not on the judging committee for this award!

A lot of the same titles can be found on the Hugo Award nominee list, plus some films and tv shows: Hugo Awards. The decision should be tough in the Film category, with Game of Thrones going up against Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, but Game of Thrones should win (sorry, Harry fans!). As for the tv episodes, it’s Doctor Who vs. Doctor Who.

Lastly, being awarded in a couple of weeks will be the Nebulas, awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of American. The list of nominees is here:Nebula Award List. Again, some of the same titles can be seen (must read Embassytown, and Mechanique!), but I like that they include YA books as well. My to-be-read list grows larger each year at this time.

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